Last year, Swimathon was one of my biggest challenges. Despite being a experienced swimmer and triathlete, there was something about the continuous 2.5km distance which felt incredibly daunting. I actually doubted that I’d be able to complete it. However, once I got in the water and started swimming, the lengths flew by and I finished comfortably within an hour. It was a real confidence boost and a big achievement for me as someone who had learned to swim as an adult. You can read my re-cap here.
This March, I’ll be swimming the 2.5km distance again, aiming to improve on last years time. My swimming technique has progressed over the past year, so Swimathon should be a good benchmark to see just how much I have improved. I’m even going to attempt tumble-turns at the end of each length!
I’m delighted to have been asked to join the Swimathon BlogSquad for this years event, alongside Emma, Adele, Victoria and Tess. Each of us will be sharing our progress towards our swimming challenges. Zoggs have kitted us each out with a swimsuit and goggles for our training. I’m a huge fan of Zoggs kit, it’s spot-on for comfort, style and durability.
I’ve chosen to do my swim at the flagship venue- the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. I love training at this pool, the wide 50m lanes and iconic architecture and make it a special place to swim.
I enjoyed the no-pressure, inclusive atmosphere at last years Swimathon. The swim is not a race and can be done at your own pace. You can take part individually or as part of a team, and with distances of 1500m, 2500m and 5000m there is a challenge to suit all abilities. There are training plans available on the Swimathon website and with 9 weeks to until the event there is plenty of time to build up those metres.
Swimathon takes place between 18th and 20th March and currently costs £12 for an individual adult entry. There are pools all over the country hosting the event- check the website to find your closest venue.
Fancy taking on a swimming challenge?